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Urumqi Travel Guide: 151 reviews and 348 photos

The Gotham City of Central Asia

Urumqi is the capital of Xinjiang Autonomous Uighur Province. It is a very new city - the cluster of skyscrapers comes as something as a shock after driving through the desert from Turpan.

The tourist highlight is probably the museum where you can see the mummies found in the Taklamaklan desert.

Urumqi has the dubious distinction of being the city anywhere in the world that is furthest from the sea, a fact which worried me slightly when I was served prawns in a local restaurant!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great museum, and nice park
  • Cons:Not much in the way of historical buildings
  • In a nutshell:Skyscrapers in the middle of the desert
  • Last visit to Urumqi: Jul 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Pablos_new's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2009 at 11:18 PM

    This is also very interesting. Have you been to the ancient city of Gaochang?

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2007 at 9:59 PM

    Friendship Souvenir Shops, which cannot be avoided, when with a tour guide, are nice because of the airconditioning and the normally clean toilets. Nice page!


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